Hey guys, am going to build a HTPC for a friend. He has set the budget at $1000 for everything. He wants it to look good as well, so I have chosen the suitable case.
Case - Silverstone Grandia GD08 - $150
So I am looking for some advice on what to build, he potential also wants to be able to use AutoCAD on it from his wireless keyboard, plus maybe the potential for gaming.
So he needs the following. 2 x 3tb hard drives and 16tb of ram, and if he pricing permits a graphics card.
I have got the following, but not sure if its really a good choice or not.
Processor - i5 3330 - $200
Harddrives - 2 x Western Digital Green 3TB - $250
Ram - Corsair 16gb DDR3 - $150
Power Supply - Corsair CX750 - $120
I have no idea on a mother board though.
Please let me know if I am shooting way to far with the processor or power supply or anything really. If we can fit a graphics card that would be great. Also recommendations on CPU cooling and fans would be great. If you are a little bit over let me know.
AMD'S A10 APU is strong enough for both his CAD and gaming needs ( the integrated HD7660D inside this APU can even run Crysis3 ). And yes you went to far on the PSU part, so I picked a more sufficient one.
This is the best HTPC build for 1000 dollars: Below are why i choose some things :
CPU : I chose the i5 4570S version because it is low powered card which runs at 65Watts, but low powered does not mean low performance, it is still a beast in performance that is on par with the i5 3570K
GPU : I chose the 650 Ti Boost because it is good enough for gaming at 1080p. Having a graphics card is good than having none at all.
PSU : I chose the 600W PSU as a build like this really does not ever needs more power than this. It would like never pull more than 350 watts since it has a "S" processor which means low powered and silent.
And also if you are not into gaming then go for a Linux based distro called "OpenElec" which is made for a media center, it is awesome, way more better than the Windows Media Center and it is free. So you can save 90 dollars if you are not into gaming. It can do everything a Media Center should do and after all it is free.
If you do not believe me then go look for reviews of "OpenElec" on Youtube. I personally use Linux and it is the most stable OS ever. And for Media Center there is nothing better that Linux. (If you don't game)